The Supreme Court on Wednesday left a Texas state law early on that allows private citizens to sue to uphold the ban after six weeks of pregnancy.
The court’s decision not to act on an emergency petition from Texas abortion clinics comes as judges prepare to more broadly reconsider the right to abortion it established nearly 50 years ago. In May, judges agreed to review the Mississippi procedure ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a direct challenge Roe against Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. These arguments are expected later this year, with a ruling in 2022.
Beyond outlawing abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy, Texas law, signed in May, would replace citizens in filing civil lawsuits against abortion providers or anyone who helps facilitate the procedure after six weeks, such as a person driving a pregnant person to the clinic. Individuals who have broken the law should pay $ 10,000 to the person who successfully brings this lawsuit; advocates for abortion rights in reward warn that they will encourage harassment, intimidation and vigilance.